Transfer & Visitor Procedures
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Students attending a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) may apply for transfer or to visit the Levin College of Law.
Levin College of Law LSAC Online Application
All transfer and visitor candidates are required to use the UF Law LSAC online application available at www.lsac.org.
The Levin College of Law will waive the $30 application fee for candidates who received an LSAC Fee Waiver. The $30 application fee will automatically be waived for LSAC fee-waived candidates upon submission of the LSAC online application.
Within 5 business days after submission of the online application, the Levin College of Law will send an email acknowledging receipt of the application. This email will provide instructions regarding payment of the $30 application fee and the completion of the required University of Florida Supplemental Admissions Information and Residency Affidavit. Submission of the application fee and the supplemental forms will be done via the University’s online system.
The Levin College of Law’s Applicant Status Online (ASO) allows applicants to view their current application status, contact information, receipt of materials such as the resume, admissions statement, and letters of recommendation and provides applicants with a record of announcements from the Levin College of Law Office of Admissions.
By applying through the Levin College of Law LSAC online application process, the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report is automatically requested and included with all transfer and visitor applications.
Academic Admissions Statement and Résumé
Transfer and Visitor applicants must submit an Academic Admissions Statement that includes the reasons for wanting to attend the Levin College of Law and focusing on the law school academic experience. The statement should not exceed four double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 pts.
In addition, all applicants are required to submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) which should include specific, factual information about items such as education, honors and awards, extracurricular or community activities, publications, work history, military service and/or foreign language proficiencies. Time frames should be clearly defined and descriptions should be detailed.
The Levin College of Law strongly encourages applicants to upload the Academic Admissions Statement and résumé via the LSAC online application web site.
Character and Fitness and the Need for Full Disclosure
Questions 1 and 2 in the Character and Fitness section of the application require candidates to report (#1) any disciplinary action taken against them at any college or university and/or (#2) any academic probation, warning, suspension and/or dismissal. Questions 3-5 are about specific violations of law, including any traffic violation resulting in a fine over $200, or which resulted in revocation or suspension of a candidate’s driver’s license.
Applicants must respond completely and accurately to all questions on the law school application.
Applicants answering “yes” to any question must provide both a detailed explanation for each response and official documentation from the college/university or court documenting the final disposition of each occurrence. Official documents must clearly identify the agency that is providing the disposition of the incident. Official documents obtained from an online source must include a Web address (URL).
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all documentation for each “yes” response. Students uncertain about their academic and/or disciplinary history should contact the Student Judicial Affairs office at each college or university attended. (Current or former UF students should contact Student Judicial Affairs at 202 Peabody Hall, P.O. Box 114075, Gainesville, FL 32611, phone 352-392-1261).
Admission to the Levin College of Law is contingent upon the accuracy of required information furnished as part of the application process. Failure to furnish required information or misrepresentation of such information can result in the withdrawal of an offer of admission prior to matriculation, dismissal from the college after matriculation, rescission of the student’s degree after graduation, and/or forfeiture of all fees and charges paid and academic credit earned. Any such failure to disclose or any misrepresentation may result in an investigation by the Law School Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process Subcommittee. It may also affect admission to a state bar.
After submitting the application, applicants are required to immediately notify the Levin College of Law of any changes in data that occur either prior to a decision or matriculation. This includes information required by questions 1-5 in the Character and Fitness section of the application.
Applicants should be aware that, in conducting character and fitness investigations, state bar authorities frequently request copies of candidates’ applications for admission to law school to determine if the information is accurate and demonstrates full disclosure. Discrepancies or omissions may call into question the applicant’s fitness for admission to a state bar, since they reflect on the applicant’s character, ability to follow directions, trustworthiness, honesty and reliability.
Each state establishes bar registration and admissions standards for individuals who wish to practice in that state. One important aspect of admission to practice is an evaluation of an applicant’s character and fitness to practice law. States subject applicants to the bar to a rigorous character and fitness investigation before admission to practice. Applicants are strongly encouraged, prior to matriculation, to contact the Board of Bar Examiners in the states where they intend to practice to determine the rules that will apply to their bar admission in those states, including what constitutes proof of sufficient character and fitness.
The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that applicants who answer “yes” to any of the character and fitness questions combine their explanation and all official documents into one attachment and upload it via the LSAC online application website.
Additional Requirements for Transfer Applicants
In addition to the general requirements described above, transfer applicants must comply with the following additional requirements.
Good Standing and Academic Rank
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be in good standing at their current institution and their academic rank must be in the top third after completion of the required first-year, full-time curriculum.
Applicants who have received law degrees from another institution or bachelor’s degrees in conjunction with a law program are not eligible for transfer. Transfer credit will not be awarded for correspondence courses or for work done in residence at a non-ABA accredited law school. No more than 29 hours of credit may be transferred.
Transfer Certification Form
All transfer applicants must submit a Transfer Certification Form which is available on the LSAC online application web site. The form must be completed by the applicant’s law school and sent directly to the Levin College of Law Office of Admissions by the file completion deadline. The form must be completed by the applicant’s law school after the first year grades and rank have been posted and should be sent directly to the UF Law Office of Admissions by the file completion deadline.
If your law school is forwarding an electronic transcript, please note the University of Florida only accepts transcripts that are transmitted via eSCRIPT-SAFE or AVOW (Parchment) transcript services to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your school does not employ one of these UF-approved providers, an official paper copy must be mailed to:
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Office of Admissions
PO Box 117622
Gainesville, FL 32611
Upon receipt of a completed application, the Admissions Committee will evaluate transfer applications based on the following:
- Space availability
- Admission standards for transfer candidates
- Applicant’s current law school record
- Applicant’s reasons for requesting a transfer
Additional Requirements for Visitor Applicants
In addition to the general requirements described above, visitor applicants must comply with the following additional requirements.
Letter of Permission and Good Standing
Applicants who have completed two years (four semesters) of study at an ABA-accredited law school may apply for visitor status at the Levin College of Law if they are in good standing and eligible to return to that school.
Visitor applicants must submit a letter from the dean of the applicant’s law school granting permission to the student to attend the University of Florida Levin College of Law, certifying that the student is in good standing and that the law school will apply credits earned at the Levin College of Law to the student’s degree from that law school. This letter must be accompanied by an official law school transcript showing all academic work to date.
Please note that the Levin College of Law does not offer part-time status, thus if approved for enrollment, visitors must enroll for at least 12 semester hours of law school courses. Visitors are not permitted to enroll in language or graduate-level courses in other colleges or departments of the University of Florida. Visitors may attend the Levin College of Law for up to two academic terms.
Lawyers serve critical roles in our society. As our society becomes increasingly diverse, the Levin College of Law requires a broadly diverse student body to achieve its mission of excellence in education, research and service. Broad diversity encompasses experiences, socioeconomic background, talents, race, gender and other attributes and provides multi-cultural learning opportunities.
While a Diversity Statement is not required in the transfer/visitor application process, applicants may submit a statement describing the multi-cultural skills that they have developed, including relevant specific life experiences, and how such skills and experiences would foster diversity at the Levin College of Law. Applicants should focus on personal experiences and may include information about interests, unique abilities and personal background.
The Diversity Statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages and should be in a font no smaller than 12 pt. Text from the Academic Admissions Statement should not be repeated in the Diversity Statement.
The Levin College of Law strongly encourages applicants to upload the Diversity statement via the LSAC electronic application web site.
Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation Forms
Letters of recommendation are not required in the transfer/visitor application process, however, the Levin College of Law will accept up to four letters of recommendation. Recommenders should evaluate in detail the applicant’s academic performance and skills, academic activities, community service, and/or employment.
Please note that the Levin College of Law does not consider personal recommendations (for example, those from family, friends or persons who have never taught or supervised the applicant in a professional setting).
Letters of recommendation and evaluations are not required; therefore, action will proceed with or without these items once all required materials are received. While the Levin College of Law is unable to acknowledge receipt of letters, candidates may verify receipt of documents using the Applicant Status Online (ASO).
Candidates have two options for submitting letters of recommendation:
- LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service: The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that letters be submitted through the LSAC LOR Service included with the CAS registration.
- Submit letters directly to the Levin College of Law: Letters submitted directly to the Levin College of Law should be on letterhead and accompanied by the cover form available in the “Forms” tab of the LSAC electronic application web site.